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Whistleblowers offered reward for making noise

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The British Software Alliance (BSA) is urging employees to come forward and alert the authorities if their company is using illegal software, offering a limited time only reward of £20,000 for eager informants.

Research from the BSA and YouGov found that over two-thirds, 68%, of British workers are willing to report their bosses for improper business practices, while 16% would be more forthcoming for extra cash in the run up to Christmas and 38% would do so following redundancy.

“Many cash-strapped employees are willing to supplement their earnings in the run up to Christmas by reporting illegal business practices, and the affects of the recession are making them even more likely to expose corporate wrongdoings,” said Alyna Cope, spokesperson for the BSA UK Committee.

The BSA estimates that driving down the software piracy rate by 10% would generate over 13,000 new jobs, £1.08 billion in tax revenues and contribute £4.46 billion to the UK’s economy. Research firm IDC estimates that UK businesses are installing pirated software valued at £1.49 billion each year.

The BSA’s cash reward, double the usual £10,000 offered, will run until December 31st.

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Written by Andrew Hodges

December 18, 2009 at 10:35 pm

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